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Old 03-27-2006, 10:25 AM
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Kicking it up a notch...

Next year I am thinking of adding a little more adventure to the bonefish oddysey. Perhaps inflatable kayaks that pack for flight and overnighters in the bush. Probably whittle the crew down to three or four max, hard cores to the bone (no pun intended). A lifetime experience unmatched in most lifetimes.

Searching the globe there are Cays in remote places with the characteristic no-bug scenarios with white sand and clear waters to overnight on while having their own great fishing or mangrove creeks in abundance a short paddle away. It would take careful planning, but being the tropics things are pretty laid back.

Inflatable kayaks are really comfortable mattresses and with the right screen structure a bug-free haven at night even in the bush.

I have some destinations in mind and will start developing itineraries that string cays together with short paddles between fishing ending with places to crash for the night.

After having explored some of the most remote out islands the scope of such a trip is much clearer and do-able. Understanding the rights and wrongs puts things into perspective.

I am looking for a few partners in this. Health, attitude, McGiverism are all important.

Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:29 AM
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Ask me again for the 2008 trip, somehow I doubt it'll fly with my wife this time around, especially when we're talking about having another kid early next year.

Boy does that sound fun...
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:40 AM
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This would be very serious trip, but yes fun. More of a fulfillment trip than a fun trip IMHO. Exhilaration from the challenge, no walk in the park by any means.

For instance - the ante would be a worthy inflatable kayak, most likely an Aire for me. Paddle, accesories. The group would have to evaluate each other to make sure the candidate 'makes the cut' in terms of gear, fitness, aptitude and attitude.

Waterproof packs with mountain climber sized lantern, stove, dried food and stuff to broil a mutton snapper over a beach fire pit and foil to roast a lobster tail, assuming one can find wood to burn - and a nalgene bottle full of patron reposado with fresh limes from Nassau in case you can't. Too many Kaliks weigh you down as does ice. Boiling lobster is not practical - too much fuel consumed. Small camp pan, fillets sauteed with seasoning makes more sense. Throw a few cans of locally bought corned beef in the boat for emergencies. Spanish macks make outstanding sushi and are plentiful. A little powdered wasabi and packs of soy at the grocery store before you fly and you are into some superb protein.

Serious radio and two GPS handhelds, spare batteries in vaccum sealed bags.

Ropes and kayak anchor, althought tying to mangroves is preferred. I have a Byer's screen hammock as well but trees are hard to come by. Rigging something to suspend the bug screen over the kayak would be ideal.

The choices of locations are fairly numerous but I have one or two in mind that I think rise above the rest.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:42 AM
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Juro there is a good article in the latest Fly Fishing in Saltwaters about setting up just such a trip in Mayaguana (except they use canoes rather than pool-toys).

Might want to check it out.

Keep in mind a contingency plan in case of any worst-case scenario. Not all of the islands are the same in terms of access to health clinics and life-flights. No matter how well prepared and physically fit you are, $hit happens.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:01 AM
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Thanks I sure will.

I have my own ideas of what contingency plans are, but I would be curious to hear what you would suggest. But before I spill - what do you mean?
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:19 AM
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no specifics...just the "what do we do if's?"

-someone slips on a rock and breaks a leg

-someone has an allergic reaction to a bug bite/sting

etc, etc, etc...
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Good examples. I carry two epi pens, one in the chestpack and the other in pretty full first aid kit which I made availble in the vehicle in Acklins / all had access via key keeper.

Someone breaks a leg... feed him to the sharks Jus kidding, the crew that comes on this trip must be willing to accept the possibility that a broken leg would be met with a long ordeal to get them back to civilization... several miles; about the ordeal of being on the Monomoy tip rip witha kayak. Exception being there are plenty of boats to flag down on the tip, and likely nothing more than flares to attract the attention of the four daily inter-island flights starting at 7am running through the afternoon which come fairly close to the marls in one area, with the caveat that we want to avoid hitting these puddle jumpers perhaps not close enough in another but the alternative location is a sailing and cruising mecca and there are lots of overnight mooring boats en route over the same archipelago in that case. Choosing Regatta week would make the possibility of other boater encounters in the event of an emergency very high.

We haven't had much more than blisters on the 12 times I've travelled to bonefish but of course you raise a critical point.

I would also have each participant ante up $20 (since we are not paying for lodging) to recruit the interest of a local boatsman or outfitter to check for us at location X or Y on given days or else look for us on channel 16 each afternoon, etc. Small price to pay for communication, which is the heart of the problem in these remote areas even if there are amenities nearby on the flipside of the island.

Good discussion though, I'll be sure to take extra precautions to your point. That's if anyone will do it now
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:43 PM
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ultimate DIY expedition I (2007)

I will publish a proposal for the "ultimate DIY expedition I" as the current season starts to simmer down (this fall).

I currently have some choice locations mapped out including access points directly adjacent to seemingly endless lee-side bight flats featuring easy paddling for many miles of pure white marls and creeks. Understanding the tide currents (mild to begin with) would reduce any effort still. Depending on time and resources there are several venues to explore within easy reach via inexpensive island hopping flights.

The key will be paddling to explore intense creek structures. I am trying to arrange for rentals on the island to eliminate the investment and luggage issues. Otherwise inflatables will be used. The advantage of inflatables is the comfort at rest especially for moorage on water.

Start and end of the trip will be in formal lodging (hotels) but the middle nights will be camping on open-air cays or in quiet lagoons as the situation arises. I would like to experience both. The hotel rooms and cottages are just getting too damn cushy for me lately. I want to be kept awake at night by active fish until I learn to sleep through it. I want to use my GPS to decipher the twists and turns of creeks with bones so big I would have to jump back into the yak to ride out the sleigh ride, in creeks where a fly has never landed before. I want to look up at the tropical night sky and instead of dreaming be in the dream itself.

If this is something that interests you think about getting into shape, or picking up the type of stuff that you need for such an expedition with a bonus or tax return, etc.

I am looking for a few good men to join up for the expedition of a lifetime.
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One thing I missed in your posts is the length of the trip...
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:31 PM
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Since the areas have daily flights, any reasonable number of days but hardly worth it for less than a week.
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It's a wunnerful woild out there... road in the middle, flats all over de place.
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I know right where that is . . . and it looks great. Would this trip be available to old guys?
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No but it would be available to you
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You know, if would also be a wonderful place for wives . . . if they could put up with a bit of time without us . . . to rejoin them later.
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